View Our Homes a blog about Calgary and Area Real Estate en-ca (C) 1996-2019 Norm Rousseau & Sylvia Garrett MaxWell Realty 120 Fri, 17 May 2019 09:01:09 G5T Fri, 17 May 2019 09:01:09 G5T Fri, 17 May 2019 09:01:09 G5T <p>We pull this tip out every Spring because that is the time of year we are getting ready to start using our decks again. To avoid potential accidents you should be performing a quick check to make sure that your deck areas are still serviceable and safe for your family.<p>Check that they are securely attached to the house and are level. Check that the support posts under the decks are plumb. Over the winter months the wood and supporting beams may have deteriorated. Check for rotten boards and replace as required. It is not uncommon to need to re-level your decks in the spring.<p>In order to prolong the life of the wood, wash the deck to remove any mold or mildew, and apply water repellents or semi-transparent deck stain. </p><a href=""><img width="247" height="186" title="decks_trex_48" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="decks_trex_48" src="" border="0"></a><a href=""><img width="244" height="183" title="ResidentialDecks11" style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 17px; display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="ResidentialDecks11" src="" border="0"></a> Time to check your deck Norm Rousseau Thu, 02 May 2019 02:29:40 G5T <p>City of Calgary, May 1, 2019 – There have been no significant changes occurring in sales activity, but the number of new listings coming onto the market continues to ease relative to 2018 levels. <a href=""><img width="601" height="365" title="Inventory" align="left" style="margin: 5px 22px 0px 0px; float: left; display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="Inventory" src="" border="0"><br></a><p><a href=""><br></a></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>The decline in new listings was enough to start chipping away at overall inventory levels, which have eased slightly compared to last year.</p> Calgary Real Estate Board April Stats Norm Rousseau Mon, 08 Apr 2019 09:13:24 G4T <p>WHAT IS RADON? <p>Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when the uranium in soil and rock breaks down. It is invisible, odourless and tasteless. When radon is released from the ground into the outdoor air, it is diluted and is not a concern. However, in enclosed spaces like homes, it can sometimes accumulate to high levels, which can be a risk to the health of you and your family. WHAT IS RADON GAS in YOUR HOME? Norm Rousseau Tue, 02 Apr 2019 02:08:44 G4T <p><p><a href=""><b></b></a></p><b>By <a href="">Lara Ceroni</a></b><p><a href="">Lara is an experienced writer, editor and social strategist having spent over a decade working for major global publications, as well as national newspapers. </a><p>Whether it's noisy neighbours, bleeping garbage trucks or thudding footsteps, unwanted outside noise at home can be infuriating. Thankfully, there are several ways we can minimize those sounds so our home is a peaceful, tranquil oasis. Here are some of our favorite soundproofing solutions. <p><b>1. Use sound-absorbing rugs and carpets</b><p><a href=""><img width="543" height="430" title="image" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="image" src="" border="0"></a><p>Hard surfaces reflect sound waves while soft surfaces absorb them, so materials like padded carpeting will help reduce vibrations. Uncovered, hard floors—like bare wood, tile or laminate—will emphasize footsteps, so for rooms requiring extra quiet, like a study or a bedroom, wall-to-wall carpeting is your best bet. If committing to a fully carpeted room isn't your style, a few well-placed rugs will work wonders. Opt for thick, plush fabrics to absorb as much sound as possible and don't forget a carpet pad underneath. Thankfully, we hear <a href="">shag rugs</a> are making a comeback! <p><b>2. Fill in the cracks</b><p><a href=""><img width="542" height="363" title="image" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="image" src="" border="0"></a><p>Close-up Of Person Hand Applying Silicone Sealant With Silicone Gun On Window<p>Sound is like water; it can seep into any unsealed space. From gaps under doors to airflow coming through or around your windows, gaps let in clamour, so a very easy and affordable strategy for soundproofing your home is by simply filling in the cracks. A few ways to seal away outdoor sounds include: <ul><li>Caulking around switch and receptacle boxes for a tight seal;<li>Placing weatherstrips under your doors;<li>Installing weatherstripping along the edge of windows;<li>Filling in cracks in drywall (a major cause of noise) with caulking;<li>Filling in any cracks you find in floorboards; and<li>Installing storm windows. </li></ul><p><b>3. Hang heavy drapes</b><p><a href=""><img width="552" height="369" title="image" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="image" src="" border="0"></a><p>Windows are <a href="">often overlooked</a> as sound disruptors but they can let in a lot of noise. This is a particularly fine point for a bedroom to ensure better rest and relaxation. Spring for lined drapes, which greatly help in blocking sound from entering through the window from outside. Got a lot of noise? Heavy-duty soundproofing window treatments act as an extra-efficient barrier for reducing racket. Remember, the thicker the fabric, the better it will be at reducing sound.<p><b>4. Muffle sounds with a heavy bookcase</b><p><a href=""><img width="542" height="361" title="image" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="image" src="" border="0"></a><p>Here's a fun hack that doubles as storage. If you have thin walls, consider installing a built-in bookshelf as a partition. Books and other objects can help reduce sound wave vibrations and noise coming from the other side. <p><b>5. Invest in new doors</b><p><a href=""><img width="545" height="365" title="image" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="image" src="" border="0"></a><p>Most interior doors are hollow-core, so to reduce noise, invest in new composites, like particleboard-core, composite-core or solid wood doors. They will work much better at providing a sound barrier. <p><b>6. Install acoustic panels </b><p><a href=""><img width="551" height="312" title="image" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="image" src="" border="0"></a><p>Made of porous expanded polypropylene (PEPP), acoustic sound panels are meant to improve the acoustics inside a room (for example, a home theatre), but they're also great at blocking outside noise. Some manufacturers even offer custom-printed fabrics to turn your panels into wall art. Installation is relatively simple: just attach with clips and velcro. 6 Easy Ways to Soundproof a Room Norm Rousseau Tue, 02 Apr 2019 01:53:07 G4T <p>GREAT NEWS! </p><p><a href=""><img width="571" height="396" title="Capture3_InPixio" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="Capture3_InPixio" src="" border="0"></a></p> Kids Help Phone Norm Rousseau Tue, 02 Apr 2019 01:37:46 G4T <p>Oversupply persists despite improved sales activity for affordable product<p>City of Calgary, April 1, 2019. March saw a modest decline in city wide sales activity compared to last year. However, sales have been rising for more affordable product in the detached and attached sectors. Shifts in the lower end of the market have not outweighed easing across the higher priced product. First-quarter sales dropped to 3,108 units. CREB Stats for March 2019 Norm Rousseau Thu, 21 Mar 2019 02:50:00 G3T <p>New listing $205,000<p>Beautifully UPDATED TOP FLOOR CORNER UNIT! This immaculate 2 bedroom unit with numerous windows provides lots of natural light. Recent upgrades include vinyl plank flooring, paint, baseboards, stainless appliances, new kitchen &amp; bathroom taps, new smoke and carbon monoxide detectors plus Hunter Douglas black out blinds in the living room and a water filtration system. The spacious master bedroom features a walk through closet &amp; ensuite bath. Good sized 2nd bedroom &amp; in-suite laundry &amp; storage. You will enjoy the warm weather on your private covered deck! Titled under ground parking, This complex is well maintained with a great management company. Conveniently located close to shopping, restaurants and public transportation. Condo fee includes water, sewer, heat &amp; electricity.<p><a href=""><img width="556" height="418" title="IMG_1840_LI" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="IMG_1840_LI" src="" border="0"></a><p>Complete details:<p><a title="" href=""></a> 4302, 2280 68 Street N.E. Calgary Norm Rousseau Thu, 14 Mar 2019 10:15:40 G3T <p><a href=""><img width="584" height="756" title="HrddZNGB.jpeg" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="HrddZNGB.jpeg" src="" border="0"></a></p> February 2019 Calgary Market Report Norm Rousseau Fri, 08 Mar 2019 04:05:46 G3T <p><strong>City of Calgary, March 1, 2019</strong> – The effects of Calgary’s economic climate continue to create weak sales activity and elevated inventory in the city’s housing market.<p>As a result, prices are being affected.<p>“It is not a surprise that slowing activity in the housing market has persisted into February,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.<p>“There has been no substantial change in the economic climate and concerns regarding potential layoffs in the energy sector are weighing on confidence.”<p>As of February, citywide benchmark prices were $414,400. This is nearly five per cent below last January, slightly lower than last month’s figures and over 10 per cent below highs recorded in 2014.<p>While the market remains oversupplied, slower sales and price declines do appear to be influencing sellers. New listings this month eased by eight per cent compared to last year for a total of 2,211 units. However, the 976 sales this month were not enough to substantially impact inventories levels, which remain elevated at 5,885 units.</p> Housing market feels the chill as oversupply continues Norm Rousseau Fri, 08 Mar 2019 03:23:36 G3T <p>Sunday March 10, 2019. Move your clocks ahead one hour.</p><p><a href=""><img width="485" height="283" title="Daylight-Savings" style="display: inline; background-image: none;" alt="Daylight-Savings" src="" border="0"></a></p> Daylight saving time Norm Rousseau